A beautiful coastal city with a long, intriguing history, Swansea is one of the most popular destinations in Wales for shopping, culture and nightlife, and this vibrant place is a great destination for a fun break.
Found in the picturesque county of Glamorgan, Swansea is Wales’ second-biggest city and a cultural shopping and entertainment hotspot of choice for anyone looking to experience a fun city in a beautiful setting.
You can switch between exploring the lively streets packed with shops, bars and restaurants, to the more scenic side of Swansea, wandering along the gorgeous sandy coastline and discovering the Gower Peninsula, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
This interesting city has a long history as a busy port, growing into a major mining destination during the Industrial Revolution and today you can see signs of the wealthy residents from past and present that have lavished money on the town’s architecture.
Things to do in Swansea
There are lots of listed buildings in the city, and it’s worth looking up while you’re strolling through the streets to appreciate the beautiful buildings lining the streets. Two fine examples include the historic Swansea Castle dating right back to the 12th century, and Grade I listed, and the early 20th-century Grade I listed Guild Hall.
If you’d like to experience the cultural side of the city, head down to the Maritime Quarter. This buzzing area is the place to be for a fun afternoon or evening out, and it’s home to the National Waterfront Museum, the Swansea Museum and Mission Gallery to name a few.
To catch a show, head to The Grand Theatre or the Palace Theatre, and for something completely different, drive out to the stunning Lliw uplands to discover the breathtaking moors on the city’s doorstep.
Places to go and stay
Swansea is a city with so much variety when it comes to dining out, so there really is something for everyone. The vibrant restaurant scene includes slightly fancier places like Slice, relaxed eateries such as Belle Vue Bistro and Thai Taste, and traditional pubs like The Castle Inn.
To find your perfect Swansea hotel, have a good look around too, because you’ll definitely be able to find something that matches your taste and budget. Favourites are the Swansea Marriott Hotel, The Gower Hotel, Morgans Hotel and The Dragon Hotel, but there are plenty of hotels to discover.
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